2 January 2017


I remember seeing these L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks on international social media, and so looking forward to them arriving in Australia, so they did, I was very excited.

The L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Mask range has the philosophy that there one mask doesn't fit all skin types, so hence they have launched three different ones, each with its own specific purpose and benefit, targeting specific skin concern. This mean that you can select just the mask that is right for your skin, or even multi-mask and use them in combination on different areas on your skin, with for instance one on the generally greasier t-zone area, another on the duller cheeks, and the third one on rougher areas such as the chin.

Each clay mask combines a powerful blend of three pure clays:

  • Kaolin - to gently absorb impurities and excess oil
  • Montmorillonite - rich in minerals which help to purify and re-balance the skin
  • Ghassoul - with a high concentration of natural minerals, to clarify the complexion

Let's start talking about my favourite of the three, the Detoxiying + Brightening Charcoal Mask. I guess it really comes down to the fact that it is best suited to how my skin currently is - combination to oily, with a tendency be dull and congested and hence break out.

The charcoal in the mask literally does act like a magnet to draw out any excess sebum, impurities, and clean the pores deep down for a skin that is significantly more refined and less oily, and smoother too. After a few uses, I have also noticed that blackheads and pores have significantly reduced, and I am convinced that with continuous frequently use, this mask will help prevent my skin getting so congested and breaking out so much.

Next up is the green Purifying + Mattifying Eucalyptus Mask, which is intended for those with oily skin types, as it is intended to work deep into the pores purify by absorbing excess impurities and oil, while re-balancing the skin's oil production and leaving it looking matte.

Still, I prefer the Charcoal Mask, but I do love how this green mask is also leaving my skin feeling so soft and smooth, and I can definitely tell that my seems less oily and more matte after each use. I also like that it feel gentle on the skin (and not as drying as the charcoal mask), and helps make my skin look more refreshed.

Finally, there's the Exfoliating + Smoothing Red Algae Mask, which is a little different from the first two as it also contains exfoliating particles from finely milled apricot to help buff away dull and uneven skin tone for a brighter and more glowing skin. While I do love chemical exfoliants, I do like to use a 'manual' one too, only you naturally have to be cautious not o apply too much pressure, or it can be a little harsh on the skin. Luckily this one is very gentle, so it is also suitable for those with more sensitive skin types.

The masks are to be left on the skin for about 10 minutes before being rinsed off with warm water, although I do like to massage my skin gentle when removing the Exfoliating + Smoothing Red Algae Mask for a little extra exfoliation.


The charcoal mask and the eucalyptus masks are both quite thick in consistency, while the red algae mask is slightly thicker and slightly rougher, thanks to the exfoliating particles, but common for all is that they do spread quite easily over the skin.

They are all fairly fragranced, but personally I kind of like the scents so I don't mind, but if you are sensitive to strong fragrances, these may not be for you.

The all come in heavy duty, slightly square glass jars, in the same style as the L'Oreal Moisturisers, which I don't mind, but I would have loved if they had also come with a small spatula to make it easier to get out of the jar without getting it stuck under your finger nails.

Overall, I was so looking forward to these masks being launched here in Australia, and I am so in love with them. Yes, the Charcoal Mask may be my favourite, but again that's probably more to do with my skin currently having a bit of a hissy fit with breakouts, and this Charcoal Mask really seem to help minimise the breakouts. But that said, I am also loving the Red Algae Mask for making my skin more glowing, and the Eucalyptus Mask for clearly making my skin look less greasy.

Considering the high quality of these masks I also find them to be very well priced, so all in all I can only highly recommend these, and can see myself repurchasing them again and again.

L'Oreal Paris Purifying + Mattifying Eucalyptus Mask - RRP: $19.95 / 50ml
L'Oreal Paris Detoxiying + Brightening Charcoal Mask - RRP: $19.95 / 50ml
L'Oreal Paris Exfoliating + Smoothing Red Algae Mask - RRP: $19.95 / 50ml

Available from Priceline, Kmart, Big W, Target, Myer, David Jones and select pharmacies, Coles and Woolworths

* Products have been kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.
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